Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore- Author Update #Reviews – Ann Chiappetta, Richard Dee and Lyn Horner…


Welcome to the first of the Cafe Updates this week and the first author with a review is Ann Chiappetta for her released a collection of poems, essays and flash fiction: Words of Life.

About the collection

In this new collection of poems, essays, and flash fiction, the author once again exhibits her ability to write about both the light and dark sides of life. There are numerous poems and stories about nature: its kindness, cruelty, and wonder. There are frank expressions of the sadness and frustration she felt at the progressive loss of her eyesight and a poem about the social isolation that disability can bring. Other pieces, though, sing of joys as diverse as family closeness, the love of dogs, the delights of scents, and the power of the muse. Just as in her first volume of poetry, Upwelling: Poems (2016), there is no fluff here. To read Ann Chiappetta’s works is to feel them deeply, appreciate them mightily, and remember them forever. From the IntroductionWhile it is my hope that all the pieces in this book resonate with my readers, I have my favorites. Some of the poems have been previously published; all reflect what lies within.

This volume is accented with a few photographs. As I lose the last vestiges of my vision, bringing a meaningful visual array to this collection seems imperative. Finally, dear reader, I want to share the prose that reflects the way I’ve lived my creative life. If just one poem or essay resonates with you, I have accomplished the purpose. For a moment, as the eye reads and the brain interprets, the reader slips into the shoes of the writer. This is the true spirit of what it means to be creative, open, to offer the emotions in such a way as to give another person the opportunity to appreciate the writer’s experience with the words of life.

One of the recent reviews for Words of Life

May 5, 2019

Family vacations carefully recorded in journal entries, conversations and encounters with strangers on a beach or in a van, mythical stories of wolves and Greek legends, thefts perpetrated by shore birds on beaches, a dishonest neighbor, watchers, witnesses, a voyeur, and lurking dark dogs who appear initially as a sniff, or a nose. By the end of the collection the entire black dog has transformed into a threatening beast-
these are among Ann Chiappetta’s themes in her 3rd book, Words of Life, a collection of poems and essays.

The reader does not travel far into the text to begin to make discoveries about the intention of the author.

In the “Introduction,” she states,
“The purpose of this volume… (is to) reflect
the beauty in nature, the complexities of the
human condition.”

As we reach the conclusion of this collection, we see the author as a voyeuristic listener, in her own words:

“I’ve often tried to figure out why I’m chosen to
be the designated listener. Two possibilities
are: 1. When someone notices I’m blind,
they figure, what the heck, she’ll never
see me again, and if she does, she won’t
recognize me anyway. 2. I’m eavesdropping
on conversations, being an opportunist in
disguise to feed a voyeuristic curiosity.”

Each piece assembled for this collection has the mark of the keen eye and sensitive ear of a person who listens, takes notes, contemplates, and responds to the run-of-the-mill situations and ordinary, everyday and commonplace conversation, observation, or experience. She moves easily between moments of joy, pride, awe, irritation, anger, fear, and even her struggles with recurring depression and the ways she battles through them. Always, there is a sense of place; specific locations such as Long Island Shore, California, Old Sturbridge, Aruba, the Bay, a hospital – each a marker left behind on her journey – Words of Life.

Head over and buy the collection: https://www.amazon.com/Words-Life-Essays-Ann-Chiappetta-ebook/dp/B07PH82GJ5

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Words-Life-Essays-Ann-Chiappetta-ebook/dp/B07PH82GJ5

Also by Ann Chiappetta

Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Ann-Chiappetta/e/B06Y1H47FS

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ann-Chiappetta/e/B06Y1H47FS

Connect to  Ann via her blog: http://www.thought-wheel.com/

And the next author today with a recent review is Richard Dee for his latest release Life and Other Dreams.About the book

“Sci-Fi and psychological thriller fans are in for a treat.”
“…action, adventure, romance and cerebral high-jinks…”

Rick lives here on Earth now, with Cath. His life is boring, writing adverts for cat food and exotic holidays. When he’s asleep, he dreams vividly.

In his dreams, he lives as Dan, spending his time with his wife Vanessa. They live six-hundred years in the future, half a galaxy away. They’re explorers, searching for valuable minerals on Ecias, an alien paradise.

Dan has no dreams about Rick’s life, he lives on Ecias, loves his life and Vanessa.
When the two worlds overlap, Rick starts to question what is real. Events in his waking and sleeping lives are mirrored, similar people inhabit both and coincidences mount up.

Then disaster strikes in each world at the same time. In his dreams, Dan is accused of a crime he didn’t commit. Meanwhile, after one coincidence too many, Cath thinks that Rick’s dreams are hiding an affair and leaves him.

Is Rick going crazy, or can he be living in two places, in two times, at once? If not, then which one of them is the reality? Will one life carry on when the other is on hold?
Richard Dee’s fast-paced, edgy science fiction -cum- psychological thriller will keep you on the edge of your seat until the last page!

One of the recent reviews for the book

I received an advance copy of this book from the author and this is my honest opinion. This tale doesn’t simply belong in a book, it would be perfect as a movie. The mundane matter-of-fact snippets of two daily lives seem simple at first glance. But, if you pay attention to the fantastic fauna and flora (and technology) of Ecias – I feel that this new world is something I’d love to explore. Preferably on the big screen. The psychological twists and turns are also fascinating; I could not stop reading until the very last page. Definitely a keeper in my collection. 

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07KVHG384

And Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07KVHG384

A Selection of books by Richard Dee

Read the reviews and buy the books from Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Richard-Dee/e/B00CN4TTCG/

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Richard-Dee/e/B00CN4TTCG/

Read more reviews and follow Richard on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15289756.Richard_Dee

Connect to Richard via his website: http://richarddeescifi.co.uk/

The final author today is award winning romance/adventure novelist Lyn Horner with a recent review for A Mighty Chieftain

About the Book

Lara Flewellen, the High Guardian of Danu, faces a lethal test. Can she defeat the vicious Hellhounds or will they force her and the other six Guardians to hand over the prophetic scrolls they and their ancestors have safeguarded since ancient times?

Balor, the Hellhound leader, and his followers have discovered the Guardians’ sanctuary in Canyon de Chelly, heart of the Navajo Nation. Trapped along with their mates and their native protector, the Guardians must run from one hiding place in the canyon to another using their supernatural powers and raw courage to survive. Fear and suffering are their constant companions.

Tearing Lara apart, Balor holds her twin sister prisoner, threatening her life. How can she save her twin and uphold her vow to guard the sacred prophecies at the same time? It seems impossible. A desperate prayer to Danu the Great Mother may bring a miracle . . . or catastrophe.

One of the recent reviews for the book

Kindle Customer 5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful story April 17, 2019

All thru this series, a Guardian has fought to stay ahead of the evil that is trying to kill them and steal the prophecies.This last book is about the fight to end Balor’s attempt to end them. They get help to end his reign. Then ten years later, they read the prophecies to the public. There are surprised in this nook and lots of pain. Please read

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Mighty-Chieftain-Romancing-Guardians-Eight-ebook/dp/B07JKFTQNL

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mighty-Chieftain-Romancing-Guardians-Eight-ebook/dp/B07JKFTQNL

A selection of other books by Lyn Horner

Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Lyn-Horner/e/B004CY506Y

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lyn-Horner/e/B004CY506Y

Read more reviews and follow Lyn on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4639926.Lyn_Horner

Connect to Lyn via her website: http://lynhorner.com

As always thank you for dropping in today and it would be great if you could take a few books with you.. thanks Sally.

 

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Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Sunday Interview – Getting to Know Author Ann Chiappetta


I introduced you to author Ann Chiappetta a couple of weeks ago when I posted about her books and now we find out a little bit more about her life and the questions that she has selected to answer. First though the official bio…..

About Ann Chiappetta

Ann is an artist and often refers to her love of words as a natural compensation after losing her vision in 1993. Once a designer of acrylic displays and furniture, Ann trained her creative senses to flow over from the visual to the literary arts. Years later, she has become a poet and author, honing her talent in various mediums, including web content for nonprofits, regular bylines for online literary publications, poetry, anthologies and guest editing in online literary journals, just to name a few projects of which she
has contributed.

Ann possesses a master of science in Marriage and family therapy from Iona College and an undergraduate degree from the College of New Rochelle, both located in Westchester County, New York. She is currently employed as a readjustment and trauma counselor for combat veterans and their families. A guide dog handler and advocate, Ann volunteers her time representing people with visual impairments and guide dog users on various National, State and local boards of directors. A consultant and guest presenter, Ann visits schools promoting awareness and equality for people with disabilities. She is the 2015 recipient of the WDOM Spirit of Independence award.

Ann is available for speaking engagements and is knowledgeable on the following topics: *writing and creativity * independent publishing * recovering and adjusting to vision loss for individuals/families * sheltering people with visual impairments
*sheltering pets and service dogs * pet assisted therapy * training and working with a guide or service dog * PTSD and combat stress related to veterans and families

Thanks to her retired guide dog, Verona, Ann also visits libraries and assisted living centers offering pet assisted therapy.

Now time to discover a little more about Ann and the questions she has chosen…

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

The Pacific coast calls to me.

I was born on the east coast, growing up appreciating the lower Hudson river and the tributaries which flow out to the Atlantic Ocean. The combination of the beaches, river front and nearby forest was, what I thought, the most beautiful place to live.

When I moved to the west coast I fell in love with a geographical marvel, or so I thought at the time. Santa Cruz, highway 1 and the San Francisco bay area turned me into a pacific coast lover. There was just so much more “Life”; wild life, sea life, and outdoor life.

I would love to live in a modest pacific sea coast town or city and be able to walk to the beach. I would equally like to live near a lake front. Water is my astrological attunement and a Pisces should not live in the desert.

If animals could talk, which one would you have a conversation with?

I would want to talk with my guide dog. Being a therapist, I would want to know all sorts of things but fear it would end up annoying him.
“So, Bailey, tell me about your early times as a puppy,”
“You know all this already,”
“I know, humor me, okay?”
“Okay, you’re the human,” he would say, “I was the first one out and got the best nipple,”
“That’s it?”
“Is it dinner time yet?”

Maybe I’d have better luck with the cat.

Sally here: I am sure that with a little practice Ann would be able to have a converstion with both her guide dog and the cat….these guys are pretty vocal..

If you could choose a different career, what would it be and why?

I would love to have been a veterinarian. It is my sense of curiosity and science that gave me thoughts of being an animal doctor when I was a child. The movie, “Dr. Doolittle” fascinated me. I pretended to “doctor up” my stuffed animals, too. Now, I am as hands-on as I can be, even though I can’t see anymore.

What are the 5 things you would always find in your handbag or briefcase?

Spare cane, rescue inhaler, wallet, extra poop bags, and cell phone. Practical!

 What season is your favorite and why?

My favorite time of year encompasses the end of summer and the beginning of autumn. I am referring to the late summer, August or early September thereabouts; the days are warm, the nights are cool and the stars seem to hang in the sky forever. The breeze brings the scent of honeysuckle and mowed grass. The sounds of crickets relax the mind. Late summer evenings by the lake are my favorite. I light the citronella candle, sit beside my husband and enjoy it.

Sally here:  one of my favourite times of the year too… and here is Nat King Cole with his tribute..

Ann Chiappetta has just released a collection of poems, essays and flash fiction: Words of Life

About the Collection

In this new collection of poems, essays, and flash fiction, the author once again exhibits her ability to write about both the light and dark sides of life. There are numerous poems and stories about nature: its kindness, cruelty, and wonder. There are frank expressions of the sadness and frustration she felt at the progressive loss of her eyesight and a poem about the social isolation that disability can bring. Other pieces, though, sing of joys as diverse as family closeness, the love of dogs, the delights of scents, and the power of the muse. Just as in her first volume of poetry, Upwelling: Poems (2016), there is no fluff here. To read Ann Chiappetta’s works is to feel them deeply, appreciate them mightily, and remember them forever. From the IntroductionWhile it is my hope that all the pieces in this book resonate with my readers, I have my favorites. Some of the poems have been previously published; all reflect what lies within.

This volume is accented with a few photographs. As I lose the last vestiges of my vision, bringing a meaningful visual array to this collection seems imperative. Finally, dear reader, I want to share the prose that reflects the way I’ve lived my creative life. If just one poem or essay resonates with you, I have accomplished the purpose. For a moment, as the eye reads and the brain interprets, the reader slips into the shoes of the writer. This is the true spirit of what it means to be creative, open, to offer the emotions in such a way as to give another person the opportunity to appreciate the writer’s experience with the words of life.

One of the early reviews from Abbie Johnson Taylor

From the author of Upwelling and Follow Your Dog comes a short collection of poetry and prose on family vacations, vision loss, animals, and other topics. It also includes a work of flash fiction. An introduction by the author explains what inspired this compilation.

I met Ann Chiappetta through Behind Our Eyes, an organization of writers with disabilities. I like how she writes about the lighter and darker sides of life. My favorite piece is one in which she describes how she rescued two baby sparrows, only one of whom survived, and the hard lesson her eight-year-old son learned from this experience. I recommend this book, which not only provides insight on vision loss but on other negative and positive aspects of life.

Head over and buy the collection: https://www.amazon.com/Words-Life-Essays-Ann-Chiappetta-ebook/dp/B07PH82GJ5

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Words-Life-Essays-Ann-Chiappetta-ebook/dp/B07PH82GJ5

Also by Ann Chiappetta

Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Ann-Chiappetta/e/B06Y1H47FS

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ann-Chiappetta/e/B06Y1H47FS

Connect to Ann

Website: http://www.annchiappetta.com/
Blog: http://www.thought-wheel.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/verona.chiappetta
Twitter: https://twitter.com/anniedungarees?lang=en

My thanks to Ann for visiting today and to you for dropping in.. I hope you will head over to get to know Ann even better. .thanks Sally.

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves – Words of Life by Ann Chiappetta


Very pleased to welcome a new author to the Cafe and Bookstore with here books.. Ann Chiappetta has just released a collection of poems, essays and flash fiction: Words of Life

About the Collection

In this new collection of poems, essays, and flash fiction, the author once again exhibits her ability to write about both the light and dark sides of life. There are numerous poems and stories about nature: its kindness, cruelty, and wonder. There are frank expressions of the sadness and frustration she felt at the progressive loss of her eyesight and a poem about the social isolation that disability can bring. Other pieces, though, sing of joys as diverse as family closeness, the love of dogs, the delights of scents, and the power of the muse. Just as in her first volume of poetry, Upwelling: Poems (2016), there is no fluff here. To read Ann Chiappetta’s works is to feel them deeply, appreciate them mightily, and remember them forever. From the IntroductionWhile it is my hope that all the pieces in this book resonate with my readers, I have my favorites. Some of the poems have been previously published; all reflect what lies within.

This volume is accented with a few photographs. As I lose the last vestiges of my vision, bringing a meaningful visual array to this collection seems imperative. Finally, dear reader, I want to share the prose that reflects the way I’ve lived my creative life. If just one poem or essay resonates with you, I have accomplished the purpose. For a moment, as the eye reads and the brain interprets, the reader slips into the shoes of the writer. This is the true spirit of what it means to be creative, open, to offer the emotions in such a way as to give another person the opportunity to appreciate the writer’s experience with the words of life.

One of the early reviews from Abbie Johnson Taylor

From the author of Upwelling and Follow Your Dog comes a short collection of poetry and prose on family vacations, vision loss, animals, and other topics. It also includes a work of flash fiction. An introduction by the author explains what inspired this compilation.

I met Ann Chiappetta through Behind Our Eyes, an organization of writers with disabilities. I like how she writes about the lighter and darker sides of life. My favorite piece is one in which she describes how she rescued two baby sparrows, only one of whom survived, and the hard lesson her eight-year-old son learned from this experience. I recommend this book, which not only provides insight on vision loss but on other negative and positive aspects of life.

Head over and buy the collection: https://www.amazon.com/Words-Life-Essays-Ann-Chiappetta-ebook/dp/B07PH82GJ5

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Words-Life-Essays-Ann-Chiappetta-ebook/dp/B07PH82GJ5

Also by Ann Chiappetta

Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Ann-Chiappetta/e/B06Y1H47FS

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ann-Chiappetta/e/B06Y1H47FS

About Ann Chiappetta

Ann is an artist and often refers to her love of words as a natural compensation after losing her vision in 1993. Once a designer of acrylic displays and furniture, Ann trained her creative senses to flow over from the visual to the literary arts. Years later, she has become a poet and author, honing her talent in various mediums, including web content for nonprofits, regular bylines for online literary publications, poetry, anthologies and guest editing in online literary journals, just to name a few projects of which she
has contributed.

Ann possesses a master of science in Marriage and family therapy from Iona College and an undergraduate degree from the College of New Rochelle, both located in Westchester County, New York. She is currently employed as a readjustment and trauma counselor for combat veterans and their families. A guide dog handler and advocate, Ann volunteers her time representing people with visual impairments and guide dog users on various National, State and local boards of directors. A consultant and guest presenter, Ann visits schools promoting awareness and equality for people with disabilities. She is the 2015 recipient of the WDOM Spirit of Independence award.

Ann is available for speaking engagements and is knowledgeable on the following topics: *writing and creativity * independent publishing * recovering and adjusting to vision loss for individuals/families * sheltering people with visual impairments
*sheltering pets and service dogs * pet assisted therapy * training and working with a guide or service dog * PTSD and combat stress related to veterans and families

Thanks to her retired guide dog, Verona, Ann also visits libraries and assisted living centers offering pet assisted therapy.

Connect to Ann

Website: http://www.annchiappetta.com/
Blog: http://www.thought-wheel.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/verona.chiappetta
Twitter: https://twitter.com/anniedungarees?lang=en

Thank you for dropping in today and it would be great if you could share Ann’s books. Thanks Sally.